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nitely not interested in a public office, but this fact his friends
were unwilling to accept. Soon after the announcement of his
resignation was made public, he received a business offer from
W. A. Stephens, Manager of the Dallas Press Room, asking
him to consider the editorship of a Semi-monthly Farm Journal
which Stephens' firm desired to publish if it could "locate some-
one who would be a suitable editor for same."''22 No further
correspondence being found among his papers, it is assumed
that Colonel Milner in his answer refused this offer also.
On January 1, 1914, Lieutenant Levi G. Brown wrote a letter
that must have been gratifying to the former A. & M. president.
Lieutenant Brown, it will be remembered, was the man whose
appointment by the War Department over governor-endorsed
Lieutenant Selkirk had increased hard feelings between Colquitt
and Milner. After apologizing for his dilatory correspondence
in 1913, Lieutenant Brown paid his friend the following tribute:
I miss your pacifying influence, Colonel-- your
ability to pour oil on the water when the tempest was
about to upset the teapot. I have thought of you often,
Colonel, and cannot help drawing comparisons of ad-
ministration. You do not suffer by the comparison.
The general good feeling among students I attribute
to your idea of keeping assistant cadets [? This word
is indecipherable]--connected with my dept. The offi-
cers you and I picked and our system has given us
Later during the month of January, Ed Kone, who had suc-
ceeded Milner as Commissioner of Agriculture, wrote him in
regard to some "cut-over" lands in East Texas. On February
16, Kone acknowledged his friend's answer to his questions,
I note with some pleasure what you say about the
Department getting out a bulletin touching those cut-
over lands, and that we ought to have some good man
prepare such a bulletin, and I suggest that the "first
initial" of that good man's name is R. T. Milner. Now,
Colonel, I thank you for the thought. I believe it would
be a splendid thing and I agree with you that East
Texas is entitled to this bulletin.224
222W. A. Stephens to R. T. Milner, July 27, 1913, among papers in the
possession of Mrs. R. T. Milner.
223Lieutenant Levi G. Brown to R. T. Milner, January 1, 1914, (College
Station), R. T. Milner Portfolio, University of Texas Archives.
224Ed R. Kone to R. T. Milner, February 17, 1914, Milner Portfolio.
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